A Seattle Uber driver was saved from what was sure to be a bad accident by his Tesla's autopilot feature when it kicked in and slammed on the brakes — preventing a crash. Dashboard camera video of the incident, published on Wednesday, shows the driver cruising along in the left lane before the near accident.
"Was traveling a little under 45 mph. There was some rain, but roads were pretty dry. I was watching stopped traffic to my right," writes the driver, John Hall.
And that's when things took a turn for the dangerous, as a car whipped in front of the oncoming Hall. However, Hall's Tesla came to an immediate stop.
"I did not touch the brake. Car did all the work," explained Hall.
According to Hall's YouTube page, he drives a Tesla Model S P85D.
According to the manufacturer, the car's autopilot feature will "steer within a lane, change lanes with the simple tap of a turn signal, and manage speed by using active, traffic-aware cruise control." In addition, the autopilot "control of motors, brakes, and steering helps avoid collisions from the front and sides, as well as preventing the car from wandering off the road."
This video is a great illustration of the potential life-saving features of self-driving cars. But, you know, still keep your hands on the wheel.